Originally Posted by cdcfly
I've got a question about the Otter's.
I have read that NRS' quality of construction is great. But most Buzz threads raving about NRS are talking about the E series. I'm wondering what opinions some of the Otter owner's have regarding durability. My RMR was tough which was great for a first boat b/c I was running into a lot of obstacles on the river. I have improved at navigating, but I would be bummed if this new boat rips on the first hard impact. I know friends who have mid 90's Hysides. Not sure if those were all 2520 D, or 1680? But with stronger denier and stronger base fabric, I wonder if the Otter is in the same class.
I've read the same stuff and the NRS E series are great boats. Buddy of mine has a 20+ year old 14' er that is still going strong with easily 400 to 500 river days on it. Not one patch or leak, Granted he and his wife are great boaters and take decent care of their gear. This person taught me how to row so naturally I thought NRS was the way to go since this guy bought one.
Fast forward 10 years and two bucket boats later I was finally in the market for a self Bailing. Ended up buying 15' Otter about 10 years ago. It's a bit of a pig but it's been a good solid boat. I've run multiple lower water (under 2 feet) MFS trips from Boundary, lots of low water Rogue and slammed a wall or two in Mule Creek. Other than a few superficial abrasions the Otter has held up quite well to my boating abuse.
In hindsight I am not sure if I would have bought an NRS instead of say a Sotar (pvc) or Hysides knowing what I know now. But my NRS Otter has never disappointed me with its quality and craftsmanship.
I am not in a position to compare NRS to Hysides from a durability standpoint. No one I currently boat with owns a Hyside, but I sure see a lot of them still on the river.